Minus Crosby, Penguins edge Capitals 3-2 to take 3-1 lead

Minus Crosby, Penguins edge Capitals 3-2 to take 3-1 lead

Minus Crosby, Penguins edge Capitals 3-2 to take 3-1 lead

"I can confirm that Sid skated this morning, and that he's in the process of rehabbing". "They're sacrificing. They're committed to not letting the puck get to the net, and we need to find a way".

It would also mark the Capitals' ninth playoff series loss in 10 tries against Pittsburgh and more of the same for a team that hasn't advanced past the second round since the 1997-98 campaign, when it fell in the Stanley Cup Final.

"It should be nasty", Washington forward Jay Beagle said. Which means some great opportunities for what all accounts is a smart, qualified, and good manager. I always stood up for him when I was here.

"Because of maturity and because of the way the game has changed, I think he's evolved", Washington coach Barry Trotz said. The power play, which struggled mightily in Game 3 without Crosby, will undoubtedly be diminished.

Ovechkin's right skate also caught the back of Crosby's left leg, causing him to stumble as he cut across the crease.

"It's still mandatory", Niskanen said.

"I thought our guys did a good job of blocking them and letting me see the puck". Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 83.8 percent of their opponents power plays. "He was getting lower and lower, partially because he was falling down". Matt received a five-minute major and a game misconduct, yet claimed the hit was unintentional. Even without Crosby, Pittsburgh is a very deadly team.

The Capitals have not gotten by the second round in close to two decades, but Ovechkin has been above average in the postseason if you go off the stat sheet.

Fans who pay the freight all want to see the best players out there on the ice. "It's sad. Hope he's going to be fine and get back in the series". Because if it had been a hockey play, Matt Niskanen wouldn't have been penalized at all for it.

"I regret that it happened, but I am adamant that I'm not sure at that game speed what I could have done different", he said.

"Hockey play, anybody that says this is a hockey play is out of their mind", yelled Cherry.

Unfortunately for the Capitals, they got hit with the latter in Game 4 on Wednesday night.

Niskanen said if the Penguins seek retribution he'll deal with it. And while the Penguins all expressed optimism that he would be back soon, the fact is nobody on the planet can pinpoint when he'll be healthy enough to play again.

Many outsiders were quick to write off the Penguins after the Crosby injury.

He notes that athletes may experience the sensation of seeing stars or might take knocks to the head at the youth level but don't acknowledge them as head injuries.

"I think we all know each person has to step up when you lose a guy like that", Guentzel, who had been on a line with Crosby in the playoffs, said Tuesday.

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby returned to the ice Thursday, skating with teammates Conor Sheary and Carl Hagelin at the Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry, Pa., as he recovers from a concussion. It seems bold as hell but he's well aware of his cognitive functioning and he's better acquainted with concussions than nearly any layperson.

"He's one of the best players in the league and when he plays like he did tonight with that aggressiveness and physicality, he kind of pushes the whole team to move forward with him".

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